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Richard Adams, an early figure in the push for gay marriage decades before it reached the center of the national consciousness, has died at the age of 65.

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After a brief illness, Adams died in the Hollywood home he shared with Tony Sullivan, his partner of 43 years, attorney Lavi Soloway told The AP.

Adams and Sullivan met at an L.A. gay bar called The Closet in 1971, but their life and relationship would soon be on display for a global audience.

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Former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel was found dead Saturday at the age of 36. He died of a self-inflicted shotgun blast in his Jacksonville home.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was investigating the death as a suicide.

The scrappy, versatile Freel played eight seasons in the majors from 2001-09 with Toronto, Cincinnati, Baltimore, the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City.

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Spencer Cox, a well-known AIDS activist who worked with scientists to create the first drugs that combat this deadly diseased, passed away yesterday in Manhattan. He was 41.

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Cox had been a prominent voice for over 20 years, taking part in demonstrations as a member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.

His aim was to pressure both the government and the private sector to dedicate an abundance of resources to this cause.

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Robert Bork, whose long political career was most noteworthy for his controversial rejection from the Supreme Court in the 1980s, has died at the age of 85.

Son Robert H. Bork Jr. confirmed his father died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. The son said Bork died from complications of heart ailments.

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The brilliant, blunt Bork's confirmation hearings helped draw the modern boundaries of cultural fights over abortion, civil rights and other issues.

The Senate denied him confirmation and a spot on the court, 58-42.

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U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, the second-longest-serving senator in U.S. history and winner of the Medal of Honor for combat heroics in World War II, has died.

He was 88. "His last words were, 'Aloha,'" his office said.

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Inouye died at Walter Reed Medical Center, with his wife, Irene, and his son, Ken, at his side. Last rites were performed by Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black.

A senator since 1963, Inouye in 2009 became chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, continuing a long record of funding projects in his home state.

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Dina Manfredini, the world's oldest person and a resident of Iowa, has passed away. She was 115 years old.

A native of Italy, Manfredini died at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, just two weeks after earning the title of World's Oldest Human after a 116-year old named Besse Cooper left this world on December 4.

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Manfredini's granddaughter confirmed the passing, but would not elaborate on the cause of death.

It is now believed that Jiroemon Kimura of Japan - who was was born on April 19, 1897 - has taken over the title once held by Manfredini.

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Ravi Shankar, a legendary Indian sitar player and songwriter who was a major influence on The Beatles, has passed away. He was 92.

Shankar's manager, Earl Blackburn, emailed Bloomberg.com with the sad news, confirming that the musician died at a hospital near his residence in California. He underwent heart-valve replacement surgery on Thursday.

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Upon receiving the stunning news that Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash this weekend, friends and fans are sharing their condolences for the loss of the singer.

The Mexican-American entertainer was just 43. Here's what her fellow stars had to say:

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Pitbull: "I highly respected #JenniRivera 4 being a gr8 performer but more then tht being real & gr8 example 4 us all que dios la bendiga &may she RIP"

Eva Longoria: "My heart breaks for the loss of Jenni Rivera & everyone on the plane. My prayers go out to her family. We lost a legend today."

Jennifer Lopez: "So sad!! Praying for Jenni Rivera's children and family and the passengers families. Que dios los bendigan!! Descansen en paz..."

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Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera was killed in a plane crash Sunday.

Authorities in Mexico have confirmed that the wreckage of the small plane, which went down shortly after takeoff, had been found in Nuevo Leon State.

There were no survivors; seven people were believed to be on board.

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Officials have not officially declared Jenni Rivera dead, but it appears hopeless.

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent is facing a manslaughter charge after a one-vehicle accident that killed linebacker Jerry Brown, a member of the team's practice squad.

Irving, Tex., police spokesman John Argumaniz said the crash happened at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, just hours before Brent was to fly with the team to Cincinnati to face the Bengals.

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The 25-year-old Jerry Brown - a practice-squad linebacker who also was Brent's teammate for three seasons at the University of Illinois - was pronounced dead at a hospital.

"I am devastated and filled with grief,'' Josh Brent said in a statement.

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